Yamaha riders Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown headed north of the border with their YFZ450Rs to compete in the 2012 Montreal Supermotocross in Quebec this past weekend. Wienen took home the victory, while Brown finished second in front of 40,000 race fans.
Four of the top five U.S. national ATV motocross racers competed along with top Canadians. Wienen, who won his first Montreal Supermotocross back in 2009, capped a dream season after winning the AMA Pro ATV championship this year following a severe injury in 2011.
“The competition was definitely stacked this year,” says Wienen. “This is the final big race of the year. It’s always good to win there, and it can set the tone for next season. We went up there and showed them we were on the gas.”
Brown, who finished fifth in the AMA series this year, had the fastest qualifying time in Quebec and chased Wienen throughout the 12-lap main to take second.
“Our goal for the weekend was to go 1-2 and take that Canadian SX championship from the Can-Am guys,” says Brown. “It was great to paint the podium blue.
“It was a totally different type of venue and race style. It was really tight with a lot more technical jumps. We really like the more gnarly technical tracks. That’s where we and the YFZ450Rs really shine.”
“We were running around 50-second lap times, so it was a shorter course than we are used to,” says Wienen.“You had to be right on your game to clear some of the triples and step-on, step-off sections. They have a little bit of everything in there. Riding in front of that many people at a single event is really special. To be able to come out of there with a win is always huge.”